Conversations in Publishing
11am - 1pm
Audio is BIG.
Over 48 million people listen to audiobooks or podcasts every week.
Learn the answers to these questions and more from podcasting and audiobook professionals at
Conversations in Publishing, February 9th at Rosemont College.
Meet The Panelists
Megan Fitzpatrick is Senior Director of Marketing & Publicity for Hachette Audio, a Grammy Award-winning audiobook publisher. Megan began her career in the Advertising and Promotions group at Viking/Penguin and Marketing for Penguin/Penguin Classics, before coming to Hachette, where she has worked for the past eleven years, on audiobooks from bestselling authors across all genres from each Hachette Book Group imprint.
The Audiobook of the Year honor - which recognizes not only superior production but also groundbreaking marketing, publicity, and outstanding sales – had been bestowed on four Hachette Audio campaigns directed by Megan: for Nelson Mandela’s Favorite African Folktales; Life by Keith Richards; Tina Fey’s Bossypants; and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton: The Revolution.
Megan is President of the Publishers Advertising & Marketing Association, and is a member of the Audio Publishers Association Public Relations & Events committee, where she’s been an active part of initiatives that have helped raise the profile of the audiobook industry over the past decade.
|Caitlin Garing graduated from University of Missouri-Columbia's School of Journalism in 2009 and promptly never went into journalism. Instead she got started in audiobooks as an editorial assistant at Harper Media and is now the executive producer at HarperAudio. As EP she oversees the production team, and produces all the HarperChildren's audiobooks, along with titles by some of her favorite creators such as Neil Gaiman, Ilona Andrews, and the team behind Welcome to Night Vale.|
|Heather McDougall is a Chicago-based project manager, overseeing production and managing partnerships for radio programming and podcasts distributed nationally and internationally by the WFMT Radio Network. She has collaborated with a wide array of creative organizations, including the Poetry Foundation, Radio New Zealand, Shanghai Spring International Festival and European Broadcasting Union. She called Ireland home for more than a decade – much of that time working in the radio and music divisions of RTÉ, the national public media organization. As an arts manager, she has also focused on archives, festivals and community engagement – with roles at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival and Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Heather has a B.M. in Cello Performance from the Eastman School of Music, B.A. in Linguistics from the University of Rochester and M.Phil. in Digital Humanities and Culture from Trinity College Dublin. Recent credits include: Co-executive Producer, Breaking Glass podcast; Managing Producer, Bughouse Square with Eve Ewing podcast; and, Executive Producer, Giving Thanks to Music with Nadia Sirota.|
|Chiquita Paschal is an independent arts journalist and podcast consultant. She recently served as the founding editor of Malcolm Gladwell and Rick Rubin's music history show, Broken Record, as well as a producer for Gimlet Media’s Peabody Award-winning podcast Uncivil. Chiquita has edited a wide range of shows focusing on culture and politics including Bad With Money with Gaby Dunn, Democracy in Color with Aimee Allison, and Essence Magazine's celebrity pop-culture podcast Yes Girl. Chiquita moved to Brooklyn, NY, in 2016 to join BuzzFeed's PodSquad where she worked on shows like Another Round and See Something Say Something. Before podcasting, Chiquita worked at public radio stations in New Mexico and Boston, as well as PRX, NPR and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.|